Healthiest Comunities

U.S. News in collaboration with aetna Foundation

Check out the new Healthiest Communities Rankings from U.S. News in collaboration with the Aetna Foundation.

Based on a review of data collected in more than 3,000 counties, the rankings give communities a better understanding of how to improve health. And they inspire change by showcasing best practices that truly can make a difference.

The rankings show us the health of a community is shaped by many social and physical factors. Those include low obesity, low smoking rates, strong pre-K education, and access to healthy foods and recreational spaces. APHA is helping spread the word about the rankings in an effort to help build strong health agendas that lead to healthier communities.

As APHA Executive Director Georges Benjamin, MD, writes in this U.S. News & World Report piece based on a recent Healthiest Communities analysis, "Race isn't a biological determinant of health. An identity isn't what makes someone sick; rather, it's the social factors that make their community what it is. It's a person's housing, food, health care and education all in one."

These fact sheets (PDF) show how the healthiest counties in each of these states rank on such measures as equity, food and nutrition, population health and education: